Baden-Powell Council, BSA
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Update on Venturing and Sea Scouting Membership
Effective on March 1, 2015, Venturers and Sea Scouts aged 18-20 are to be considered "adult participants" rather than "youth". This brings the adult/youth age line in Venturing and Sea Scouts into line with Boy Scouts. That should eliminate those strange situations where a given 20-year old member was "youth" when he was with his Venture Crew, so one day he could tent with his 17-year old Venturer friend but not with a 22-year-old Crew Advisor - but if the same three people were also in a Scout troop and went camping the next day, the 20-year-old "adult" ASM could not camp with the 17-year old Scout, but must camp with the 22-year old ASM.
New Venturers in the 18-20 year old age range should be registered on Adult registration forms, not Youth forms as in the past. Existing Venturers/Sea Scouts who turn 18 should now be re-registered as Adult Participants - use an Adult registration form, with the position code marked as "Venturer" or "Sea Scout".
This chart should help explain matters - reposted from the Utah National Parks Council - "thanks!"
For the Utah National Parks Council blog entry on all of
the 2015 changes to Venturing, see:
Update on Adult Leadership Standards
During the 2015 Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting in May, Dr. Gates encouraged the Scouting family to reflect on the challenges, primarily regarding adult leadership standards, facing the BSA and potential alternatives for addressing them.
As a result of the rapid changes in society and increasing legal challenges at the federal, state, and local levels, on Friday, July 10, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee adopted a resolution amending the adult leadership standards policy. The resolution was unanimously adopted by those present and voting.
This resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders. The National Executive Board met and ratified this resolution on Monday, July 27.
This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change would also respect the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own. The 2013 youth membership policy will not be affected and remains unchanged.
Scouting will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth to help them grow into good, strong citizens. By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.
New Boy Scout Advancement
See the District Scrapbook for more pictures.
"Happy Birthday" to Troop 55!
See more photos on this special page.
Troop 13 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Camp Barton on 6/11/15 and awarded Liam Delaney, Aidan Kaplan-Wright, Gage Stepp and Jonathan VanValen Scouting's highest honor.
Read an article about the four Eagles on the Ithaca Journal website.
Fully loaded 15-passenger vans, like the ones you might use to haul a bunch of Scouts to camp, can be more dangerous than you might think.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says 15-passenger vans with 10 or more occupants are three times more likely to roll over than ones carrying fewer than five passengers.
That’s why all Scouters should take heed of this breaking BSA news: Effective Sept. 1, 2015, the use of 15-passenger vans manufactured before 2005 will no longer be allowed in connection with Scouting programs and activities.
15-passenger vans manufactured in 2005 or later may be used, as long as they are equipped with Electronic Stability Control and seat belts for all passengers and the driver.
This applies to all vehicles, regardless of ownership (privately owned, owned by chartered organization, rentals, etc.).
Read the full information on
the Scouting Magazine Blog at:
Scoutingwire (not to be confused with Scout Wire) is a resource for all Scouters. The URL is http://scoutingwire.org/ and you can subscribe to regular updates.
Scouters in Taughannock District units should consider signing up - it looks like it should be a great resource. The Winter issue of The Commissioner newsletter is one of the first articles.
You might also be interested in the blogs from BSA National:
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA recruiting theme.
For the 2014 "Badge of Honor" materials, use http://www.scouting.org/badgeofhonor.aspx
The best recruiters for your unit are your present members! Prospective Cubs or Scouts will be much more likely to take a look at your unit if they're asked by someone their own age. National has provided forms for Peer-to-Peer Business Cards you can use for your unit. Print these cards on pre-perforated Avery 8371 or Staples 12522 Business Cards or the equivalent, or print on plain 8˝x11" card stock and cut them to size on a paper cutter. Hand them out to your youth members and let them give the cards to prospective recruits!
Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF
Boy Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF
Happy Halloween Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - with Taughannock District website and e-mail - PDF
These brochures describe Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting, and list all of the Packs or Troops in the county with their contact information. They're perfect for handing out at community fairs, school open houses and other events.
Cub Scouts in Cortland County trifold brochure - PDF
Boy Scouts in Cortland County trifold brochure - PDF
Cub Scouts in Tompkins County trifold brochure - PDF
Boy Scouts in Tompkins County trifold brochure - PDF
All Ithaca units who are considering distributing
flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School
District Flyer Policy.
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer
I've created a Facebook Group for Taughannock District - Baden Powell Council. The link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/153733998161241/ Hopefully we can use this to begin relaying events on to District members. We'll have to see how it works. The email method seems to be touch and go with our Troop as they overlook emails. Having another avenue to relay information can't hurt.
Sustainability - released July 15, 2013
Programming - released July 15, 2013
Digital Technology (replacing Computers) - released April 16, 2014
Animation - released May, 2015
Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014
Signs, Signals and Codes - released February 26, 2015
Computer Aided Design - no date yet
Advanced Computing - no date yet
Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:
Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)
Advancement (Cub and Scout)
Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cincinnatus.
Long hours, no pay, great job satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week), so act NOW! Contact the District Executive or District Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
pleased to announce that Richard (Rick) Christ has been signed as the
new Scout Executive of the Baden-Powell Council. He will begin his
position on May 1, 2015.
the standout candidate selected from a very talented pool of finalists.
My thanks go out to the Selections Committee for their preparation,
perspective and wisdom in navigating such a talented candidate pool to
identify and secure such a quality professional.
joins us from the Minsi Trails Council in Lehigh Valley, PA where he has
most recently served in the capacity of Assistant Scout Executive. He
demonstrated talent in his previous roles as, variously, Field Service,
Support Service and Scoutreach Director. He has experience and proven
results in fiscal management and fundraising, diversified membership
growth and profitable camp operations. The Selections Committee was
excited not only by Rick's range of experiences but also by his obvious
preparation and early knowledge of the Baden-Powell Council. He came
armed with information and new ideas to confront some of the challenges
join me in welcoming Rick, his wife Ann Marie and their two children
Blaine (10) and Julia (7) to the Baden-Powell Council.
Robert C. Andolina
For council news, see the Baden-Powell Council Website
Irving, Texas (May 13, 2015) — Following an extensive selection process, the Boy Scouts of America named Michael Surbaugh its next Chief Scout Executive, the organization’s top professional. Surbaugh, the BSA’s current Group Director of HR, Innovation, Exploring and Learning for Life, will provide general direction of administrative work of the BSA. He follows Wayne Brock, who will retire in October, at the conclusion of his three-year term as Chief Scout Executive.
“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the Boy Scouts of America’s Chief Scout Executive,” said Michael Surbaugh. “As I transition into this role, I am committed to continuing the legacy of leadership to solidify Scouting’s role in the development of America’s youth and to empower our volunteers to deliver the kind of life-changing experiences that can only be found within Scouting.”
Serving as Group Director since 2014, Surbaugh has demonstrated a record of success and achievement in fundraising, membership and program development. He has developed numerous innovative programs designed to meet the needs of employees, volunteers and youth. In each assignment, Surbaugh has also worked to extend Scouting’s reach in disadvantaged communities, Native American outreach, and those with Special Needs.
Surbaugh began his career in 1984 as a District Executive in Jacksonville, FL, and then served as a Senior District Executive and Program Director in Syracuse, NY; Director of Field Services, Director of Development, Field Director and Development Director in Minneapolis, MN; Scout Executive in Sioux Falls, SD; Scout Executive in Appleton, WI; and Scout Executive in Pittsburgh, PA.
Surbaugh is the recipient of many BSA awards including Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow, Wood Badge, and through a strong interest in the out of doors, served as Camp Director and a member of summer camp staffs for 12 years. Surbaugh graduated from Salem College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth Agency Administration.
The Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee was composed of nine members of the BSA National Executive Board and chaired by the president of the BSA, Dr. Robert M. Gates, an Eagle Scout and former secretary of defense.
“Today’s kids need Scouting more than ever, and Michael Surbaugh possesses deep institutional knowledge, operational experience, and personal fortitude to chart a path forward that combines Scouting’s long-standing values and ideas with the forward-thinking and innovative approach our organization needs to help us continue to grow,” Gates said.
In October, Surbaugh will join Gates and National Commissioner Tico Perez, the top volunteer in charge of program quality, to make up the BSA’s “Key 3.” The trio, consisting of two volunteers and one professional, make up the organization’s highest level of leadership at the national level.
Fifty years ago, in Scouting's heyday of 1960-61, the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers of this area held Scout-a-Ramas at Cornell's Barton Hall and Cortland's Armory. We've got a page of pictures of the events, newly discovered in a box of negatives left from the old Council Office.
Is your collection complete? Mine isn't, but it's close. Take a look at this page and see which you're missing (or I am).
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